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Jeffery Warlick, Bass

Born in Chicago, Jeff’s family moved to California in 1956. His mother and father were not musicians, but loved music, and played all kinds at all times. Because music was offered in elementary school, his folks required him and his 4 brothers to play instruments, and fortunately, they all loved it. Jeff chose the flute and began to play in the fourth grade. He played it up through his second year at Occidental College. While he had only sung in high school musicals, he tells us, one of the things that attracted him to Occidental was the opportunity to work with Dr. Howard Swan, with whom his elementary and high school band director had studied. Thus began his vocal musical journey.

About that same time, his passion for music took him in a new direction and Jeff switched from a pre-med major in biology, (he says he just couldn’t pith a frog…….EEEEWWWWWW), to orchestral conducting. He sang in College Choir, Glee Club, numerous student recitals, and countless impromptu madrigal groups. After graduating, he moved to Boston and sang with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Under John Oliver’s direction, he sang with Sejii Ozawa, Colin Davis, Mistislav Rostropovitch, Eugene Ormandy, Gunther Schuller, and Michael Tilson Thomas–quite a list of luminaries! He also studied voice with John Oliver.

He moved back to California, and began another musical journey, singing with the William Hall Chorale and with Edward Cansino’s Early Music Ensemble of Los Angeles. He also again began studying voice privately, this time with Gloria Grace Prosper. He somehow managed to get some conducting experience in, conducting Gilbert and Sullivan operettas (Trial by Jury and Ruddigore) and West Side Story at Occidental College’s Summer Theater Festival.

He was recruited by Lockheed Martin Corporation to move to Orlando Florida in 1986 to work as a Senior Planner; he works for Lockheed Martin to this day. While in Orlando, he sang with the Orlando Opera, and held a position of section leader for All Saints Episcopal Church, which had a very strong music program, not only liturgical, but a concert/recital series on its own. He moved back to California and to Santa Barbara in 2008 to help take care of his father, who will be 90 years old in July. When he heard the SBCS in concert in 2010, he says he had to join! Fortunately (and not surprisingly, we’d say) he was accepted, and thus this new journey begins. Jeff currently chairs the Society’s Artistic Committee and is a member of the SBCS Board of Directors.

Jeff lives in the Upper State Street/San Roque area with his Maine Coon cat, Nikki. When he vocalize, he avers, she runs for cover! Apart from singing, he enjoys cooking (says he can’t resist the farmer’s market), reading periodicals, travel, working out (minimally, please), film, art and more music (all kinds, please).